December 2021–March 2022
KAWS (American, born 1974), PAPER SMILE, 2012, silkscreen on paper, gift of the artist, 2012.154. © KAWS, image courtesy KAWS INC.
KAWS (American, born 1974), YOU SHOULD KNOW I KNOW, 2015, screenprint on paper, gift of the artist, 2016.57. © KAWS, image courtesy KAWS INC.
One of the world’s most acclaimed artists, KAWS (Brian Donnelly) brings the same level of complexity and skill to his printmaking as he does to his painting, sculpture, and editioned works, which unite the worlds of design, popular culture, and fine art. Since his groundbreaking exhibition at the High in 2012, KAWS has taken the world by storm with monumental sculptural installations and major exhibitions across the United States, Asia, and Europe. His work is known by millions worldwide because, from the outset of his career, he has embraced the democratic principle of making his work as accessible as possible in the tradition of American pop art through editions of multiples, toys, and prints.
KAWS’s work is grounded in a deep and sustained involvement with graphic art and printmaking, from his early “subvertisements” to the sumptuous, painstakingly crafted screenprints of the last decade. KAWS PRINTS will feature all KAWS’s editioned prints in the High’s collection, including the portfolios UPS AND DOWNS (2013), BLAME GAME (2014), NO REPLY (2015), MAN’S BEST FRIEND (2015), THE NEWS (2017), TENSION (2019), and URGE (2021), as well as single-image editions, bringing the pop art tradition of silkscreen printing—from Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Haring to KAWS—full circle.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
KAWS PRINTS is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
This exhibition is made possible by
Lead Exhibition Sponsor
Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor
Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate
Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation
Robin and Hilton Howell
Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Elizabeth and Chris Willett
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
Wade Rakes and Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
In Memory of Elizabeth B. Stephens by Powell Stephens, Preston Stephens, and Sally Stephens Westmoreland
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren
Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.